Specific details were released Monday regarding a pair of rural Monroeville residents' alleged involvement in a string of recent burglaries.
Maria Stallard, 35, of 2190 U.S. 20 E., is facing charges that include three counts of burglary, tampering with evidence and complicity to felony theft.
Eugene Large, 43, same address, has been charged with two counts of complicity to burglary and tampering with evidence.
Stallard's charges also stem from the alleged theft of a $3,000 tool from a construction truck at nearby Rural King.
"Last week, the Huron County Sheriff's Office received two reports that a significant amount of jewelry had been stolen," Detective Sgt. Josh Querin said.
"We had identified a pattern of burglaries in an isolated area including two Ridgefield Township residences," Detective Bill Duncan added.
"There was a third burglary reported Nov. 2 while the homeowners were out trick-or-treating in Norwalk," Querin said. "We saw the same pattern of activity in the three burglaries.
"We were able to develop a couple persons of interest in Maria Stallard and Eugene Large," Querin said. "We then received more specific information as to their possible involvement."
At 10:30 p.m. Friday, deputies executed a search warrant at 2190 U.S. 20 E.
"We seized numerous pieces of jewelry," Querin said. "We are in the process of identifying whether it is stolen or not.
"We also seized electronics and drug-related items," he added. "But, nobody was inside the home."
Querin said deputies then received new information that Stallard and Large were hiding out in a hotel in Avery.
"We had also received information they had discarded stolen property in a Dumpster," he said.
"Officer (Troy) Kimball and myself proceeded to the motel, along with Erie County deputies," Querin said. "We were able to locate the vehicle Stallard and Large were supposed to be driving around in.
"While maintaining surveillance on the motel room, deputies checked the Dumpster and located a significant amount of stolen property in the Dumpster," he said.
Officers then made contact with Stallard and Large at the motel at 3:30 a.m.
"We searched the room and more stolen property was discovered," Querin said.
Stallard and Large were then questioned for several hours.
"After interviewing them, they were booked into the jail," Querin said.
"I really want to thank Erie County road patrol and detectives for assisting at the motel in the middle of the night," he said. "I also want to thank Monroeville Police Officer Troy Kimball for staying up all night on the case."
Querin said Kimball assisted due to other possible thefts in the village.
What was Stallard's and Large's motivation?
"Pills," Querin said.